- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 25, 2002

ARIZONA
Authorities find bodies of illegals
TUCSON Authorities said they found the bodies of three presumed illegal immigrants in southern Arizona over the weekend.
The first body, that of a 23-year-old man, was discovered near Kartchner Caverns. A Border Patrol pilot spotted the other two bodies, those of an adult man and adult woman, northwest of Ajo.
Their deaths brought to 52 the number of illegal entrants known to have died since Oct. 1.

ARKANSAS
Man charged with killing teen
LITTLE ROCK A man was arrested on charges of killing an 18-year-old passenger in a car by hurling a tire iron at the vehicle as it passed.
Witnesses told police that David Timothy Seibs, 26, had argued with the car's driver, Roger Edmondson, 23, at a gas station just before David Henshaw was killed Friday.
Mr. Seibs was arrested Saturday and charged with first-degree murder.

CALIFORNIA
Supremacist injures guard in escape attempt
REDDING A white supremacist responsible for torching three synagogues in 1999 fractured a jail guard's skull while trying to escape with another inmate, Shasta County sheriff's officials said.
The guard, Timothy Renault, 23, was hospitalized yesterday in serious condition.
"The officer pretty much thwarted an escape attempt," said Sheriff's Lt. Dave Compomizzo. He said the inmates might have tried to use Mr. Renault as a hostage.
Police said he was attacked Saturday with a handmade weapon by Matthew Williams, 34, the convicted arsonist who was hiding in a shower stall with Paul Gordon Smith, 24, who is awaiting a murder trial.

HAWAII
California biker dies on Haleakala run
HONOLULU A bicycle accident on Maui's Haleakala Crater Road killed a tourist Sunday.
Robert Burkhart, 72, of Vallejo, Calif., was fatally injured while he and his family were on a downhill bike tour with Maui Mountain Riders Inc., Maui police told the Honolulu Advertiser.
Mr. Burkhart was riding downhill on Haleakala Crater Road from the summit area. He was just below the nine-mile mark when his bike veered off the roadway and hit a guardrail. Thrown from his bike, Mr. Burkhart flew over the guardrail and landed 40 to 50 feet below on a mountain embankment, police said.

INDIANA
Arrested carnival worker is convicted sex offender
GREENWOOD A carnival worker who fled police when they tried to question him about a report that he urinated in front of children is a convicted sex offender in two other states, authorities said.
Ronald Dale Sever, 39, of Tennessee was being held Sunday in the Johnson County Jail. Police said Sever is wanted for violating his probation on a sexual assault charge in Colorado.
Sever also was convicted in California on a charge of lewd acts with a child, according to a probable cause affidavit.

IOWA
More teachers leave profession
DES MOINES Young teachers in Iowa are leaving the profession at greater rates than their peers nationally, studies show.
Nationwide, 20 percent of new teachers leave the profession within three years, according to data from the National Center for Education Statistics. In Iowa, 28 percent of new teachers left within the first three years, according to a survey in the mid-1990s by the Iowa State Education Association.
Four things drive people out of teaching, said Richard Ingersoll, a University of Pennsylvania associate professor of education who studies issues relating to teacher retention: low salaries, student discipline issues, lack of support from administrators and others and having little input into decisions that affect their jobs, he said.

KENTUCKY
Surrogate mother helps two become fathers
LEXINGTON Two men who enlisted the help of a surrogate mother are expecting to become the parents of four in August.
A 23-year-old woman agreed to help Thomas Dysarz and Michael Meehan have a child through in-vitro fertilization. She became pregnant in January with quadruplets.
The surrogate mother declined to comment for a story in Sunday's editions of the Lexington Herald-Leader. The couple said they want to keep her identity secret, fearing that stress from publicity might hurt her, the quadruplets or her three children.

MAINE
Campaign touts rail, bus services
PORTLAND The transportation departments in Maine and New Hampshire have introduced a joint marketing campaign to promote rail and bus services along the Interstate 95 corridor.
The states are spending $100,000 on a 30-second TV commercial and a Web site with schedules for several bus and rail services, including Amtrak's Downeaster train and Concord Trailways buses. The advertisement shows pleasant scenes of bus and train passengers and says they "arrive refreshed, ready, relaxed."
Bus and rail travel account for about 1 percent of passengers along the I-95 corridor.

MICHIGAN
Activists remember slain Asian American
DETROIT Committing themselves to fighting for justice, family, friends and civil rights activists gathered Sunday at the grave of a Chinese-American man who was beaten to death 20 years ago by two unemployed autoworkers.
Vincent Chin was beaten with a baseball bat in 1982 by assailants who mistook him for Japanese and blamed Japanese competition for the plight of the U.S. auto industry.
"Vincent Chin's story is as real, horrifying and socially relevant as the day it happened," said Fe Rowland, board member of the American Citizens for Justice Inc., a civil rights group founded here in 1983 after Mr. Chin's assailants were sentenced.

MINNESOTA
More rain falls as river threatens towns
ADA More rain fell yesterday as weary residents waited to see if their newly reinforced dikes would hold against the second round of record flooding in two weeks on the Wild Rice River.
A neighborhood on the southwest side of Ada that was partially flooded two weeks ago remained dry yesterday, and no houses were believed to have been flooded in the town of about 1,800 residents, said Kevin Ruud, Norman County emergency manager.
About 25 miles upstream in Mahnomen, an estimated 19 houses and two businesses were flooded in the town of about 1,200 residents, Mahnomen County sheriff's dispatcher Rhonda Walz said. But she said the river apparently had crested there and was receding slowly.

MONTANA
Rate of rare cancer high in Libby
LIBBY A rare cancer that has no cure is 100 times more common among residents here than people in the rest of the nation, public officials say.
Called mesothelioma, the cancer appears in one of every 1,000 Libby-area residents. Officials said the cancer normally strikes one in a million.
Libby was the world's largest supplier of vermiculite and is at the center of what lawmakers and federal officials describe as a "public health crisis" caused by asbestos-related diseases.

NEVADA
Probe widens in arrest of Carson City doctor
MINDEN The investigation of a Carson City doctor accused of drugging his ex-wife and kidnapping her from Utah expanded yesterday as authorities in Arkansas sought links to a double slaying there.
Dr. Richard Conte, an emergency-room physician at Carson-Tahoe Hospital in Carson City, was arrested without incident at his Clear Creek Canyon home late Friday.
He was being held on $1 million bail in Salt Lake City on charges of kidnapping Lark Gathright Elliott, who was found Friday night at Dr. Conte's home.
The woman's previous husband, Carter Elliott, 49, along with Timothy Robertson, 26, were found shot to death May 16 at Mr. Elliott's upscale home in Conway, Ark.

NEW JERSEY
36 indicted in identity-theft ring
TRENTON Thirty-six persons, including eight Department of Motor Vehicles employees, have been indicted on charges of trafficking in fake driver's licenses and other forms of state-issued identification.
Authorities said yesterday those indicted were part of four independent networks that helped create and sell fake documents to customers who otherwise could not obtain them legally. Buyers then used the fake documents to lease cars or obtain jobs. There is no evidence that any of those indicted in this case have links to terrorists, said Peter C. Harvey, director of the Division of Criminal Justice.
The Department of Motor Vehicles workers implicated in the scam have been fired.

NEW YORK
Retrial begins in Louima case
NEW YORK The retrial of a former patrolman accused of holding down Abner Louima while another officer tortured him with a broken broomstick began yesterday in a reopening of one of the city's most explosive police brutality cases.
"The man who held Abner Louima down while he cried out in pain is sitting right here in this room the defendant, Charles Schwarz," prosecutor Lauren Resnick said in opening statements.
Mr. Schwarz, 36, was convicted in 1998 of violating the Haitian immigrant's civil rights in the 1997 assault in a police station bathroom. But earlier this year, a federal appeals court threw out Mr. Schwarz's conviction and ordered a new trial, saying that his attorney did not defend him adequately and that the jury was tainted by news reports.

NORTH CAROLINA
'XF' grade recommended for failed cheaters
CHAPEL HILL A task force recommended a new grade to indicate that a student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill failed because of cheating.
Instead of an "F" and a one-semester suspension, students caught cheating would receive a grade of "XF." They would also have to take an ethics and integrity course to have the grade removed.

NORTH DAKOTA
Year's first tornado touches down
BISMARCK Dr. Curtis Juhala saw North Dakota's first tornado of the year touch down twice near his home northwest of Bismarck.
The funnel cloud came to earth about five minutes before 8 p.m. Sunday, near the Adventist Academy, about 10 miles from the capital city.
"We were sitting there, literally watching the whole thing develop," Dr. Juhala told the Bismarck Tribune. "These funny clouds were passing by. Then all of a sudden a funnel came out of the darn thing. We went inside and got busy being safe."
The tornado caused little or no damage, said Jerry Turner of the National Weather Service.

OREGON
Party delays candidate nominations
EUGENE The Oregon Pacific Green Party decided to hold off fielding candidates for governor and the U.S. Senate.
The only candidate the party nominated was Dale Mathews of Grants Pass, who will seek a legislative seat.

PENNSYLVANIA
Convicted murderer granted new trial
HARRISBURG A man convicted three times on charges of killing a 13-year-old friend three decades ago was granted another trial yesterday and ordered released on $1 bail.
The order by Common Pleas Court Judge Joseph followed the discovery of documents that contradicted police testimony about a bloody handprint in the death of 13-year-old John Eddie Mitchell in 1970.
Dauphin County Prosecutor Francis Chardo said authorities had serious doubts about whether Steven Crawford, 45, had received a fair trial and did not oppose the new trial. But he predicted Mr. Crawford would be convicted again without the questionable evidence.

SOUTH DAKOTA
Schools asked to join teacher-support project
WATERTOWN The state asked 16 school districts to join a test program designed to encourage and support beginning teachers.
The state project began after an education task force targeted mentoring as a way of keeping talented young teachers in the state. Figures show 30 percent of new teachers in South Dakota leave the profession within the first two years and half don't last five years.

UTAH
Polygamist found guilty of child rape
NEPHI A Utah judge yesterday found avowed polygamist Tom Green guilty of raping a child, a girl he married when she was 13 and he was 37.
Judge Donald Eyre made the decision after a trial that lasted less than two hours and in which no witnesses testified.
Green, 54, has been serving a sentence of up to five years since he was convicted last year of being married to five women at the same time.

VERMONT
DNA links suspects to E. coli in water
COLCHESTER DNA evidence has provided new clues to one of the town's longest-running whodunits: Who, or what, is most responsible for the fecal bacteria that frequently turn up in Malletts Bay and other Colchester watersheds?
The chief suspects are wildlife, particularly seagulls, and human waste, according to a study of E. coli samples taken from two years ago at sites in Colchester and Winooski.
The study, completed at a University of New Hampshire laboratory, could identify chickens as a contributing source in a watershed that had several chicken farms. The results would not suggest the source was a particular farm or chicken, Stephen Jones, research associate professor in environmental microbiology at UNH, told the Burlington Free Press.
Mr. Jones is scheduled to present the results to the Selectboard today.

WISCONSIN
Counties designated as technology zone
KENOSHA To help build high-tech, high-paying jobs and improve the state's tax climate, Gov. Scott McCallum announced here yesterday the designation of Kenosha, Racine and Walworth counties as a state Department of Commerce Technology Zone.
The South East Region Technology Zone will be entitled to $5 million in tax credits and other incentives for high-tech development start-ups and expansions in the area, according to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.
The technology zones are part of Mr. McCallum's "Build Wisconsin" plan, which in part targets economic development by regional clusters.

WYOMING
Senate urged to delay nuke waste site vote
CHEYENNE A former National Transportation Safety Board chairman said he was urging the U.S. Senate to delay a vote on choosing a nuclear waste repository.
The problem, Jim Hall said in a recent interview with the Wyoming Tribune-Eagle, is that no full-scale testing of rail and truck casks that will carry the high-level waste has been conducted. The visit by Mr. Hall, on a media and speaking tour of the West for the Transportation Safety Coalition, shows that the stakes are high in the Yucca Mountain issue.
For years, government officials have been working to win approval of Yucca Mountain in Nevada as the site of the national nuclear waste repository.

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